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The Definition of Bloatation is...

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Grass Skiing!

...When you have too many good friends, a lot of time and money, and places to go; food to eat.

 

 

On the final week of celebrating my birthday Wei and I met up with two friends we hadn’t seen since my arrival in China: Cindy and Wendy. Let me just say, those two are two peas in a pod!

 

We caught a bus to their university, out by East Lake but unfortunately the bus driver was not a good one.

Wendy, Cindy, Me
He didn’t stop at the bus stop we needed to get off at. So we had to take a returning bus back to it and our bus card was depleting in money (turns out we had just enough to see us home at the end of the day!). When we did arrive at the right stop

 

At first we went to a Korean Restaurant which made me smile because Wei adores Korean food. It was good, we spoke, mostly in Chinese and then headed back to Cindy’s place on the university campus. She shares the place with two other people so we had to be a bit quiet but it was some more chatting, some witty jokes and lots of teasing; actually the day was filled with teasing.

 

When we went back out we tried to get a boat ride on East Lake but the price was ridiculous, even when we pulled the whole “We’re not with the foreigner thing, see how far away she is?” trick.

Wendy and Cindy at East Lake
It was probably because it was a weekend.

 

I got some candy covered fruit from a woman who saw us taking pictures and posed for us, but, we missed the shot *cries* Then we were going to go to Ocean Par but ran out of time so we headed to “Pear Park” or “Li Yuan” if you will. This park is a dating hub. Quite literally it is known for matchmaking. Everyone posts a flyer with their details (eye colour, date of birth, age, gender etc.) as well as contact details EVERYWHERE! If you do match up and go for a date on the spot, there is plenty to do, like grass skiing (yes, grass can be skied on apparently) archery, picnic areas, never ending mazes etc.

 

So all the parents of unmarried middle aged children were out bartering and seeing if they liked one another enough to pressure their children into dating one another when we spotted a foreigner about the age of my grandfather, god bless him if he were still alive, and he was with a translator talking to a middle aged woman.

Me, Wendy, Cindy

 

We all had a good laugh, because the middle aged woman thought it was her he wanted to get with, but really it was her daughter in the posted flyer that he was after. Oh boy, those foreigners just never change; they are everywhere here in China. Beware young Chinese ladies, least they prey on you next!

 

After that we attempted some archery, of which I had forgot all over again how to do it so Wendy was our shining star, most of her shots connected and once again my last shot was the closest to the target but not a bulls eye this time. We wanted to go through the most difficult maze ever, but it was closed so I had best try again next time. After that we sat on the grass for some more chatting and relaxation, laughing and joking about all the young people trying to get blind dates, teasing Cindy about posting her details up there and what have you.

The lady who posed for us and we missed the shot!
If was just some good fun.

 

But that too soon came to an end, and while now you are probably expecting me to say we went home, lived happily ever after and had a great evening THE END—NOPE! It wasn’t over.

 

At this point the Korean food had completely been digested and it was time to go eat and shop once more! You can count on Cindy and Wendy to fill the day with fun! So off we rushed away to Food Court! Of course, no matter how hungry these girls complained to be, there was always time to stop at a new shop or interesting clothes store before their stomachs reminded them of the real mission: to find food! When we did, we ate, and we ate, and we ate, ate, ate, ate! And when they said they were full, we still ate one or two meals more. At this point we were all ready to die of bloatation….believe me, with them it might just become a real serious condition one day.

Cindy and Wendy

 

So we all decided it was very late (about 7 or 8pm at this point) and it was time to say goodbye and go home. Wei and I got to the bus stop, used our last two card swipes and parted ways with them on good terms. The next day Wendy was online and we got to chat some. It turns out that no matter how tired they are either, there is always more room to shop. Those girls shopped so long, clear into the night, that there were no more busses running to take Wendy home! So she crashed for the night at Cindy’s!

 

Wendy and Cindy, you girls are awesome. I simply had a wonderful time!

 

Oh and I almost forgot… THE END!

 

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Grass Skiing!
Grass Skiing!
Wendy, Cindy, Me
Wendy, Cindy, Me
Wendy and Cindy at East Lake
Wendy and Cindy at East Lake
Me, Wendy, Cindy
Me, Wendy, Cindy
The lady who posed for us and we m…
The lady who posed for us and we …
Cindy and Wendy
Cindy and Wendy
There were also wedding photos tak…
There were also wedding photos ta…
So Beautiful
So Beautiful
The girls, you know how it is.
The girls, you know how it is.
Wendy aiming for the shot
Wendy aiming for the shot
Look over yonder... my favourite o…
Look over yonder... my favourite …
Wendy making the classic fish face
Wendy making the classic fish face
Cindy and Wendy
Cindy and Wendy
Match Making Madness
Match Making Madness
Ready, Aim.. Fire!
Ready, Aim.. Fire!
A smooch with my sweety
A smooch with my sweety
crafty artist on the streets near …
crafty artist on the streets near…
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